ANC leads in South Africa vote
Saturday, April 25, 2009
But it is still unclear whether the party has met its goal of the two-thirds majority in Parliament required to amend the constitution.
Provincial elections are also being held, and the ANC looks likely to lose power in the province of Western Cape to the Democratic Alliance. This will be the first time an opposition party has won control of a provincial parliament since the end of apartheid.
The election campaign has focused on crime, poverty, and the suitability of Zuma to be President. Zuma was acquitted of rape in 2006, and corruption charges against him were withdrawn shortly before the election after prosecutors found the charges had been politically motivated.
During the campign, opposition leader Helen Zille warned that Zuma's election would turn South Africa into a "failed state".
Turnout has been high, with long lines of voters queuing to cast their ballot in South Africa's fourth election since the end of apartheid. The election has generally been peaceful and with few irregularities, though a COPE official was shot dead in his home and one election official has been arrested for attempting to stuff a ballot box with ballots marked for the Inkatha Freedom Party.
400 representatives will be elected by proportional representation, half from national and half from provincial lists. Forty parties are contesting the elections, and 23 million South Africans are registered to vote.
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- Xolani Mbajwa. "ANC increases lead" — , April 23, 2009
- SAPA. "DA leading in Western Cape" — , April 23, 2009
- Geoffrey York. "South African voter turnout as high as 80 per cent" — , April 23, 2009
- "E Cape murder of Cope activist mars election day" — , April 23, 2009
- "Ulundi presiding officer to appear in court for electoral fraud" — , April 23, 2009
- "South Africa 'doomed under Zuma'" — , April 18, 2009